(HealthDay News) — Alcohol use has been associated with cancers of the mouth, throat, voice box, esophagus, liver, colon, rectum and breast, the American Cancer Society says.

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The society describes how alcohol can affect the body, noting that the more you drink, the higher your risk:

  • Alcohol can damage bodily tissues.
  • Alcohol can make it easier for harmful irritants, such as tobacco, to enter the body.
  • Alcohol can make it harder to absorb vitamins and minerals.
  • Alcohol can raise estrogen levels.
  • Too much alcohol can lead to weight gain.

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